A Wisconsin firm is recalling a brand of raw, frozen pork-bison pet food after health officials in Nebraska found a sample to be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacterium that causes severe foodborne illness in humans and other animals.

Raw Basics LLC, the company that produced the recalled pet food, is concerned that consumers may have the product in their homes because it is sold frozen and has a long shelf life.

Affected products were packaged in 5lb. cardboard boxes and have a best-by date of April 17, 2019, according to a recall notice issued March 6 by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Recalled items can be identified by the UPC number 072635520017 and lot code 27717.

The recalled pet food was distributed to specialty pet retailers in Minnesota, Georgia, Kansas and Pennsylvania.

“Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products,” FDA said in the recall notice.

Consumers are urged to check their pet food supplies and discard any affected product immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

“Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting,” the agency said. “Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”

To date, no salmonella infections or other illnesses — in pets or humans — have been associated with the recall, FDA said.

Source: Miami Herald

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